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Family settles over Angola inmate death

Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:33

A $24,000 settlement was reached Wednesday in a lawsuit that accused two now-former Louisiana State Penitentiary guards of trying to cover up an inmate’s 2007 strangulation death.

The wrongful death suit also alleged the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections was responsible for Jonathan Stevenson’s death.

“It wasn’t about money,” Ralph Fletcher, who represents Stevenson’s two children, said outside state District Judge Wilson Fields’ courtroom. “They wanted someone to take a stand and say this was a homicide.

Couple shaken by fatal family shooting
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:33

Raymond Gray and Betty Jean Cross were laying down Tuesday evening when they heard a doorbell, then the sound of three gunshots outside their Alsen home.

The couple arose as quickly as they could, walked outside and found a scene they still have trouble comprehending.

Gray’s son Jerry Gray, 52, lay in the driveway, shot to death. Cross’ son, Eugene Cross, who deputies say shot the victim, was running inside the home, yelling for someone to call 911.

St. James puts youth center on market
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:33

VACHERIE The St. James Parish Youth Detention Center is on the market for $2.5 million following a vote Wednesday by the Parish Council to declare it surplus property.

The center closed June 30 because of new state regulations that would have driven up the cost to maintain the facility. Youth offenders were sent to a detention center in Assumption Parish.

Parish officials considered turning the facility, located on the west bank of the Mississippi River adjacent to the Sunshine Bridge, into a prisoner work-release program hub, a nursing home or a minimum security prison.

Woman gunned down in Central City
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:32


NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans police are investigating a fatal shooting in Central City late Wednesday night.

The shooting happened before 11 p.m. in the 2000 block of South Liberty Street.

According to an NOPD spokesperson, a woman was shot in the head. She has been pronounced dead. She won't be identified until her family is notified.

Police haven't named a suspect or a motive.

If you know anything that can help investigators, call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

At-a-Glance: A bill that would ban abortion providers and their employees or affiliates from speaking in public schools or distributing information about health issues

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Students at poor-performing public schools could have the possibility of switching to higher-performing schools, under a bill that received the unanimous support Wednesday of the Senate.

Louisiana's public schools would be given explicit authority to put up nativity scenes and Christmas trees as part of a holiday display, under a proposal that

The former head of Iran's nuclear program is laying out in detail how the U.S. and other intelligence agencies allegedly carried out a constant campaign of sabotage against his country. 

According to Fereydoon Abbasi, who spoke to an Iranian newspaper, the U.S. would prevent companies from sending equipment to Iran -- but would then put that kind of equipment on the black market, having ensured it would actually damage Iranian operations.

An Indian transgender resident dances with others at an event to celebrate the Supreme Court judgement in Mumbai recognizing the
An Indian transgender resident dances with others at an event to celebrate the Supreme Court judgement in Mumbai recognizing the "third-gender".
  • India has given a third-gender status to transgender people, recognizing them as citizens
  • India and Australia are the latest countries who provide a 'third gender' option in legal documents
  • Petition launched in the U.S.
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